July 23, 2012
It's been another long while since I've posted here on the blog. With Facebook and Twitter exploding over the last year or so along with our StormTracker 24/7 Channel, this has been an unfortunate casualty. With so many ways to get weather information, I wasn't sure this blog would best serve our viewers. However, abc27 continues to seek various ways to reach you and with their support and still believing there is an in-depth view of weather that only a blog or column like this can give -- I will continue -- and hope you will stop by during your day to check it out from time to time.
While the weather has been pretty quiet lately, the one thing everyone keeps talking about is the heat. This July, we have had 13 days with official highs at or above 90 degrees. We have had two official heat waves already this month -- one lasting for 8 days from July 3 - July 10 and one lasting for 4 days from July 15 - July 18.
Clearly, extreme July heat is becoming the new normal. Check out the chart below for the last five years of 90 + weather in July:
While 2008 and 2009 did not feature as many 90 degree days as recent years, the only real anomaly here is 2009 where only 1 day hit 90. Clearly from 2010 and beyond, Mother Nature has cranked up the heat each year with more than half the month featuring extreme above normal summertime heat. This July obviously isn't over yet, but we are right on pace with the previous two years to have more than half this month feature days at or above that 90 degree mark.
One more interesting note: many folks always ask whether this is a factor of the dreaded "global warming" topic. I'm not willing to commit to that just yet -- this could easily be simply a climate cycle where for a number of years we experience warmer than normal July months. However, Eric Finkenbinder recently had a chat with Penn State's Jon Nese (formally of The Weather Channel) and Dr. Nese noted that we rarely set record lows during the summer months anymore -- typically when we break a record it's a high temperature record. He's right, and it's certainly food for thought. Try and stay cool out there through the end of the month!